Oh, how we’ve been fed at Camp Alleghany over the years! Just a mention of the dish conjures up images far deeper than the food itself. Read on and give pause to the images evoked…of the sights, the surroundings, even the person(s) recalled by the simple mention of the great food you’ve been fed at camp:
- Sunday sweet rolls and streusel cake
- Thanksgiving dinner
- Barf burgers
- Yellow meal
- Deep fried chicken livers
- Stuffed hamburgers
- Lunch under the apple tree
- Beanies and weenies
- Milk and cookies
- Hazel’s fried chicken
- Pixie sticks in Coke
- Meal hikes
- Baked apples and sausage
- Dough boys
- Becky’s no bakes
- Peppermint patties
- Ripco bars
- Miss Carrie’s rolls and biscuit
- Peach cobbler
- Bug juice
- Banquet buffet
- …. and too many others to recount!
Yes, we’ve each been fed very well at Camp Alleghany! And yet, it’s an even greater nourishment we each derive from our summers spent here. It’s the tremendous filling of the heart and deeper soul, appreciated even more over time, which brings us “back to the table” again and again to be “fed.”
An Alleghany summer is more than a rustic camping experience. With so many distractions and the hurried pace of society today, more than ever young women need a time and place to rest, to reflect, and to gain a better understanding of who they are, who they’re capable of becoming, and how their lives and actions impact the lives of others.
Girls’ lives are forever changed at Alleghany every summer, but the foundational principles, deep-rooted traditions, and core values developed in community with others remain the same today as nine decades ago when Alleghany first began! Our hearts, our souls, and our spirits are each well fed, summer after summer, at Alleghany!
Our new alumni association
How befitting then for this 90th season to be the one in which the NEW Camp Alleghany Alumni Association (CAAA) is launched!
Dusting off my old prep school Latin I discovered something quite profound. The word Alumni (the plural form of alumnus) is actually derived from the Latin word alere meaning to nourish or be nourished. All attendees (campers, counselors, and Green Team) and supporters (family members, grandparents, and friends) are considered “alumni!” In one way or another we have each been fed and nourished by Alleghany and it’s now our privilege to nourish the experiences of future ‘Ghany alumni!
Consider how you might give of yourselves, your time, or your talents to the CAAA. In some way consider how you might contribute to feeding other girls through the unique opportunities available to those who attend Camp Alleghany. Many alumni serve as recruiters, camp doctors, or nurses. Some facilitate behind the scenes roles such as putting together the online Rattler or helping to compile the American Camp Association accreditation records. Others return to work one week each summer at Family Camp or Mini Camp. And you can simply join the CAAA.
The CAAA organization is incorporated separately from the Camp Alleghany Inc. business, and has it’s own Board of Directors. Our mission is to support Camp Alleghany’s mission by uniting, giving, and enriching alumni, friends, and campers through loyalty and stewardship. Examples of ways we endeavor to do that include the allocation of financial support to special camp projects, approved by the CAAA Board, and by facilitating special events like reunions and this summer’s BIG 90th season celebration! Alumni can also make targeted donations to an ACA managed 501c3 scholarship fund which a CAAA committee oversees.
Any way you choose to be involved will help to nourish the future of Camp Alleghany and the many girls whose lives will be positively impacted by that experience!
Just some food for thought from the nearly 40 summers I’ve been fed well at the Camp Alleghany table.
–Beth Anne Clark-Thomas (B.A.), Head of Mini Camp